Friday, 12 April 2019

My Wishes For You

That your son at Trinity College
may graduate
to become a rogue gynaecologist. 
That his brother, the paediatrician,
be suspended without pay. 
That your husband be caught 
selling wheelchairs that don’t work 
live on national radio. And the day 

you discover all of the above, may 
the traffic wardens, every one of them,
be East Galway Gestapo. May you lose 
your winning ticket,
and the gun not go off
when it’s supposed to. 

May your reflux be acid
and your bowel be cranky.
May your water forever be cloudy
and the pharmacy be shut. 
May the funeral parlour
            refuse you, 

and the lies you told haunt you
            long after the cat 
has made a litter tray of your ashes.

© Kevin Higgins

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Kevin Higgins 

Kevin is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway, Ireland. He teaches poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre, Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute, and is Creative Writing Director for the National University of Ireland - Galway Summer School. He is poetry critic of The Galway AdvertiserHe has published five collections of poetry. His next poetry collection, Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital, will be published by Salmon Poetry in June 2019.